Radon: A literature search for answers – submitted by Dave Gervais

The following article provides the results of a literature search of radon and its hazards of particular interest to high school science teachers.  The article was written by Dave Gervais, chair of STAO’s Safety Committee. Continue reading

Ottawa moves to ban single-use plastics as part of waste-reduction efforts – The Globe and Mail- submitted by Milan Sanader

The approach is a response to growing anxiety about plastic pollution and is also an acknowledgment that household recycling has not kept pace with the rapid spread of cheap consumer packaging discarded after a single use Continue reading

Plastics 101 | National Geographic

Once a completely natural product, much of today’s plastic is man-made and largely dependent upon fossil fuels. From polymers to nurdles, learn how plastic is created and what we can do to slow the lasting repercussions this material will have on both our planet and our lives. Continue reading

The Great Pacific Garage Patch Cleanup – Innovative Technology

This site describes an impressive large scale attempt to clean up the plastics accumulating in the Pacific.  The process is a passive ocean cleanup system, utilizing the ocean currents to their advantage. Read more about our drifting systems here. Continue reading